Brewed by St. James’s Gate (Diageo)
Style: Dry Stout
Dublin, Ireland


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RATINGS: 4792   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   EST. CALORIES: 123   ABV: 4.1%
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Available in cans, kegs and bottles with nitrogen and carbon dioxide. Pasteurised. Usually called Draught; sometimes called Cold or Extra Cold - same beer, but served colder.
Launched in 1961.
Ingredients: Pale ale malt, about 25 to 30% flaked barley, and about 10% roasted barley, with no other grains or sugars; several hop varieties, mainly Goldings (pellets and isomerized extract); a flocculent head-forming ale yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Travlr (14475) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Draught. Very black, storm in the glass, thick tan head. Aroma of burnt carbon. Creamy taste, with an edge of roasted coffee and a hint of chocolate. Nice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
saxo (14424) - Højbjerg, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 24, 2006
Canned. It had the awesome head distinctive of a Guinness with nice microscopic bubbles. Almost pitch black. Aroma is coffee and chocolate. Taste is smooth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dedollewaitor (14259) - Odense, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2007
Black with creamy white head, Fabolous looks... however thin palate (watery) . Roasted notes - coffee mainly. Drinkable but too watery for my taste. OK, sometimes drink it at the local Irish pub!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Theis (14037) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 15, 2007
Can (with nitro) at Gitte & Thomas. Cold. Black - big tight, long lasting brown head. Roated, creamy, sweetness, light bitter/sour !! Slight broing - classic !!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MiP (13995) - Sønderborg, DENMARK - NOV 4, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 17, 2012 "Draught" can. Black with creamy, light brown head. Roasted aroma. Roasted, bitter flavour with some sourness. Aftertaste bitter/sour. 6 4 6 3 13

Can at KØ12. Weak roasted aroma. Black colour. Small off-white head. The flavour is quite roasted. Gets sourish after a while, but not too badly. 5 3 5 3 11

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TBone (13363) - Pori, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2004 Tap
Perfect tanned creamy head and ebony colour. Coffee aroma. Taste is coffee aroma and roasted, even smoked malt filtered through cream head. Finishing very long with bitter and roasted mouthfeel. (7/5/9/5/18 4.4)
<iFRe-rated, nitro-can
Perfect Guinness outlook - benchmark for others. Quite weak chocolate aroma. Smooth, chocolaty, roasted and bitter, lacks a bit fullness of tapped version. (6/5/7/4/16 3.8) Re-rated, nitro-can
Looks good. Aroma slightly skunked. Taste balanced roasted with hoppy finish. (4/5/6/3/13 3.1)

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Oakes (13139) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 30, 2000
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2005 Very dark ruby-brown. Thick tan head. Yes, they drew a frickin’ shamrock in it. I remember when this beer wasn’t so damn cutesy. Aroma? On a nitrotap? Hardly any flavour, either. Very watery, just a hint of roast, nuts and maybe vanilla. Artificially thick body. Tart, watery finish. You can’t even call this dry anymore - they’ve cut back the hops and the malt sweetness is much more in evidence as a result. Downgrade from 2.7 overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Leighton (13033) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 10, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 15, 2013 My goodness! My Guinness. A lot can be - and has been - said about this beer. Its iconic status is basically unparalleled in the beer world - and for good reason. Guinness is simply wonderful. The thick, creamy head; the dark stout below...I can’t think of another beer so recognizable. People have different opinions about Guinness and its taste. I usually detect hints of coffee and chocolate. I always detect hints of complete deliciousness. Some people disagree with me, and they’re just stupid. I lived in Dublin for five months, so I have more than a special place for Guinness in my heart. And Guinness really is good for you. A 12oz serving has 9.9 carbs and 110 calories, which is way better than most beers of this caliber. I realize that this entry is a bit rambling and disjointed; I’ll fix it up later. I just wanted to get a rating up here.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rasmus40 (12444) - Beder, Aarhus, DENMARK - FEB 26, 2011
Black with a creamy, light brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and coffee. Flavor is medium sweet and light bitter. Thin bodied for at stout at least. Smooth with a dry and light roasted bitter finish. 051209

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 9/20
brokensail (12222) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 21, 2010
A: This really is a nice looking pour. Dark brown, bordering on black with that patented creamy mocha colored head. S: Very thin and watery on the nose. I pick up a few hints of roasted malt and maybe some chocolate. T: Not too much better than the nose. A bit of roasted malt flavor and maybe a touch of chocolate and coffee, but overall it’s very bland. M: I do enjoy the creamy feel the nitro gives. Unfortunately, it seems to (have helped to) kill the rest of the beer. D: This is really disappointing. I recall early on in my drinking days when Guinness was a fairly enjoyable beer, but it seems to have gone the way of so many other mass produced items.

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